According to Statista’s report, the Google Play Store had more than 2 million app downloads for the third quarter of 2018. In the last few years, the trend of building mobile apps has risen because people have realized that the app is a great way to connect with customers. With a mobile app, you keep the phone away from your customers, whatever reason they want to connect with you.
This is because the apps enable you to:
- Create your brand
- Stay connected with your existing as well as potential customers
- Build a more loyal customer base more easily
- Provide better customer support in terms of availability and ease of use
The easiest way to develop an Android mobile app is to download Android studio. This is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that has the necessary package (bundle named Android SDK) to help create an app. One thing to remember is that Android Studio is just an environment that supports mobile app development. You must have the programming knowledge to write the code required to develop the app.
Java is the official Android app language that is most widely supported by Google. Java is used to develop backend while XML is used to design any Android app’s layout. So ideally, you must know Java and XML to create an Android app using Android Studio.
If you are more comfortable with C #, C ++, C or even BASIC, you can use different SDKs (software development kits) like Android Basic Development Kit in conjunction with Android Studio.
Below are the best Android app development frameworks you should know:
The learning curve for Java is standing, so Kotlin has introduced as the second official Android language two years ago. In terms of coding skills compared to Java, this is an easy entry barrier. Being a new language, the support of the community is very low but is growing at a fast rate.
The key point in Kotlin’s favor is its difference with Java. Since Kotlin also uses the Java Virtual Machine, the code in Kotlin can be easily run as Java code. It’s also making Kotlin popular among Die Hard Java fans.
Even though Kotlin has a better time than Java in case of less time and effort required to learn it, but learning new programming languages is not a joke. There are several settings available to enable the app enthusiasts to develop Android mobile apps, even if they do not know Java well, to enable faster development of the Android mobile app. The best part is that most of these frameworks also work for other mobile operating systems.
One of the best Android app development frameworks that are already used by more than 1.5 million users globally, Xamarin is a Godsend for C # enthusiasts who want to develop Android apps without diving into Java. It provides mobile app developers with a whole set of C # code base not only for Android but also for developing other native applications for other mobile operating systems.
For Visual Studio, Xamarin’s Android mobile app is also used extensively for developers to build native applications using the .NET code base.
You can manually optimize your reactive native app by adding code written in other languages like Java, Swift or Objective C.
An independent and open source application development framework, Ionic is licensed under the MIT license. It gives an open signal that it will always be free. Its website says that you can build “progressive Web and native mobile apps” using the Ionic framework. The framework is completely cross-platform, so you can easily develop mobile apps for Android and then transfer it to other platforms as needed.
A problem that conflicts with new and also experienced programmers is bad documentation. By making a document with examples of real life, Ionic proves one exception here.
The team behind Apache Cordova has created another mobile app development platform Adobe PhoneGap. If you are one of the top mobile app developers, you can move your skills quickly into mobile application development using the Adobe PhoneGap framework. This is nothing but Cordova distributions in which many more tools and plugins have been thrown.
PhoneGap provides an intuitive desktop app that you use to create a cross-platform app with a single base code. Its popularity and ease of use have ensured a growing support community and vice versa.
Whatever Android app development framework you choose for mobile application development, you should first create a layout of your apps such as sections, features, and design elements such as details. Whatever the scale, overall Android app will decrease development time. After this, try to choose a framework where your existing programming skills will be used in maximum use.
The entire Android apps development framework discussed above is free and there is community support in it, which you can use when stuck.